The hatred of rendering (1930)

By Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier (1887–1965), model of south wall, Chapel de Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp, c.1950–1951. Plaster, 127 × 216 × 38 mm. DMC 1439.

The following has been extracted from a lecture delivered in Brazil in 1930.

I should like to give you the hatred of rendering … Architecture is in space, in extent, in depth, in height: it is volumes and circulation. Architecture is made inside one’s head. The sheet of paper is useful only to fix the design, to transmit to one’s client and one’s contractor.